HHS Response Centers on Preserving Access to Abortion Medications

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said his agency will enforce existing policies to make abortion easier to access — especially as states begin to restrict mifepristone and misoprostol — and seek new ones. actions, but warns “there is no miracle solution”.

Roll Call: Biden Administration Announces Actions to Protect Abortion Rights

The Biden administration is launching a multipronged effort to respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling reversing the 1973 ruling establishing a right to abortion, with Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Office of personnel management among the agencies to be weighed. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, reacting Tuesday to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, said the department will take steps to increase the availability of medical abortion, which involves a combination of mifepristone and misoprostol. (Raman, 6/28)

The New York Times: Biden’s Health Secretary: ‘No quick fix’ to preserve access to abortion

As Democrats and reproductive rights advocates demanded that President Biden forcefully oppose the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, his health secretary, Xavier Becerra, stood at a lectern on Tuesday to list the steps his department would take to preserve and expand access to abortion. The list, for now anyway, is short. “There’s no magic formula,” Mr. Becerra told an early morning press conference, “but if there’s something we can do, we’ll find it and we’ll do it.” (Stolberg and Savage, 6/28)

Modern healthcare: HHS offers few details on post-Roe V. Wade strategy

“We’re not interested in going rogue and doing things just because,” Becerra said. “We’ll do everything we can with what we find to make sure we protect our services. It takes a bit of time because we want to do it right. We want to do it according to the law.” The secretary outlined a handful of actions HHS will take to enforce largely pre-existing protections, including directing the Civil Rights Office to uphold confidentiality and non-discrimination rules for providers providing reproductive health care. and patients accessing care. (Goldman, 6/28)

The 19th: HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra offers little information on abortion pill protections

At Tuesday’s briefing, Becerra did not say if or when the government plans to challenge state laws banning medical abortion. “We will absolutely protect Americans’ rights to care under federal law and we will do everything we can to make sure Americans understand what their rights are,” Becerra said. “Exactly what that translates to depends on what a state is trying to do.” (Luthra, 6/28)

AP: Team Biden working to flex muscles in fight against abortion

Mini Timmaraju, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said she thinks the administration is “off to a good start,” but she acknowledged frustrations have spread. Some expected faster policy announcements or executive orders from Biden. (Murphy and Megerian, 6/29)

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